Fallen Soldiers Honored at Chattanooga National Cemetery

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — “It means so much to the families and to the spirit of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice,” said Representative Chuck Fleischmann.

Hundreds gathered Monday morning at the Chattanooga National Cemetery in recognition of Memorial Day, honoring the men and women who have died in military service.

“We need to continue to celebrate their life, because their life was cut short, so we can continue to live in the freest, greatest nation in the world,” Fleischmann said.

The fanfare began with a planting of flags by the color guard of various veterans’ associations.

A keynote speech was then given by retired Navy Captain Kevin West, who addressed the many unknown soldiers buried in Chattanooga and elsewhere.

“They weren’t unknown to their moms and dads, to their brothers and sisters. They had families just like you and I do. They had a life too, albeit much shorter than yours or mine,” said West.

Captain West also echoed the words of General George S. Patton, saying that Americans ought to celebrate, living out the lives that those fallen in conflict were note able to have.

“Just take a moment to remember those who did lose their lives in military service, on this day. And as you go about your celebration, remember their are those families who remember those people because they were their own family members,” West added.

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